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What I've learned in my summer class

Saturday, June 30, 2012

There are a few things that I have learned in my summer class, of Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism.

1. the Glycemic index isn't something worth following! Its only because less than 10 people usually were tested for the different items therefore not a good study, plus each and every one of us will digest and process every food item differently.

2. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and sucrose are the same. The reason for the obesity epidemic in the US is because of an increase in consumption of sweeteners and sweets, not because they stopped using sucrose and started using HFCS.

3. Eating all types of foods is actually important....a well balanced diet is the best! Getting your amino acids in the foods you eat is also a great benefit instead of taking them in supplemental form. If you eat a well balanced diet then you shouldn't actually need supplements (unless you know of a need for it).

4. Dietary FAT per se: A) Does NOT make you fat, B) Does not raise plasma cholesterol levels, C) Does Not increase your risk of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), and D) May not increase your risk for cancer. FATS play an important role both physically and metabolically in our bodies.

Ok...these are just a few things I learned that are really interesting....

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MYOWNHERO 7/2/2012 11:00AM

    That sounds like an interesting class.

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KAYOTIC 7/2/2012 10:12AM

    I do think it's important to get our nutrients as much as we can from actual food....and yet I still supplement with a few things as well, I guess it's like a safety net, and I find some of them seem to help, so I'll keep that regimen going!

I suppose HFCS is just another form of sugar, but I find avoiding it just allows me to eat less sugar, which is high on my list of eating healthy! And since it's used in so many processed foods, I don't have a problem with trying to avoid it, I feel like choosing the whole source of food and preparing it myself is the best way for me to enjoy a healthy diet. I do think though that if you are choosing between 2 sugar laden foods, then there really is not big difference....

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Hummus Recipe

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hummus Recipe
Yield: approximately 1 qt
Chickpeas 1lb (2 cans)
Tahini 8 oz
Garlic 2tsp
Cumin, ground (optional) 1/2 tsp
Lemon Juice 4 fl oz
Water or vegetable stock as needed
salt 1tsp
cayenne pepper TT
paprika TT

olive oil 2 fluid oz
Fresh parsley, chopped 2tsp

Combine the chickpeas, tahini, cumin (if using) and lemon juice in a food processor; process until smooth. If necessary, with the food processor running, add as much water or stock as needed to make the mixture the consistency of firm mayonnaise. Season with salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
Spoon hummus onto a serving patter and smooth the surface. Drizzle the oil over the hummus and garnish with the chopped parsley. Serve with warm pita bread.

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SNOWSNAKE 6/29/2011 11:13PM

    YUM!! I LOVE hummus! I must have lived in the Mediterranean in another lifetime!! I love the roasted red pepper one, and babaganoosh as well, from eggplant. Let me know if you need any other recipes!!***SNOW***

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CHOCLAHOLIC 2/22/2011 5:59AM

    yum ! sounds delicious... thanks for sharing, I'm definitely going to give this a try !

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CHOCLAHOLIC 2/22/2011 5:58AM

    yum ! sounds delicious... thanks for sharing, I'm definitely going to give this a try !

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JSPEED4 2/22/2011 2:52AM

    This sounds good. I know that some people cannot eat cilantro, it tastes like soap to them. I would use cilantro with the parsley. Toasting the cumin until it is fragrant, in a dry skillet over medium heat, is a nice way to add depth to the flavor, too. emoticon

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Summer Time

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My summer is here (after vacation). I have been home for almost 2 weeks now and I am ready to kick my butt into gear. I have decided that this is my summer within my year. I would like to lose at least 20 pounds if not more over the next 10 weeks. I am starting to work out more and hope to do more this summer. We do have the Wii fit and I want to use that more, do the Jillian Michaels 30 day shed and other things. I am also trying to eat better since our garden is in full swing. Being a nutrition student headed towards being an registered dietitian I want to get back to what I was in high school and feel like I have conquered these issues that I have struggled with over the past few years. I want to drop the weight now so when I go back to school I will feel better and have more energy when study for my classes.

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LEILANI111 6/23/2010 11:53AM

    Thanks Kelpie!

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KELPIE57 6/23/2010 3:28AM

    And you can do it! You have a great support team, rooting for you.... emoticon

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How I want to feel this year.

Monday, March 08, 2010

I have struggled with weight since freshman year of college due to a couple of surgeries I had that impacted what I could/couldn't do. Now that I am four and a half years out from those surgeries, I want to make a change in my life. I am already making a difference but need to make more of a difference.

Starting this week: I will only drink water and tea (no coffee). I will also eat healthier (more veggies, fruits, nuts, whole grains, fish, and use olive oil to cook. I will stay away from red meat, butter, processed and fast foods. I will weigh my foods and know the serving sizes so I don't eat too much at one time. I want to build my stamina for running from just a mile to further and not worry about speed in the beginning but distance.

I don't care about how much I weigh as I know the scale will not show the fact that I can change how I look by working out and gaining muscle. (I do care about my weight....but I care more about how my pants fit me and how I look) The scale will only say I still am heavy even when I'm toned and healthy. I hope to drop at least 2 to 3 sizes and be back down to what I was Freshman year of high school.

I feel that as I do these changes, slowly be surely, my body will change too and I will be healthier and happier with who I am (though I am happy with who I am right now). I know that these changes will help me get more energy and and feel stronger about myself.

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WOODHEAT 3/8/2010 10:54PM

    I totally understand the influence of surgery, so Leilani you and I are both going to stick with our plans and by the time we get to do that line dancing together, we're both going to not only be happy with ourselves but happier with our bodies as well.

Life is good!

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KAYOTIC 3/8/2010 5:13PM

    First you have to make a plan, and you've done that! So good job, first step taken, you have the strength and determination to put that plan in action!

For me the best way to reach my goals is to keep them in the front of my mind and by tracking them, good luck to you in reaching your goals!

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KELPIE57 3/8/2010 2:35PM

    You can do it! put the same determination as you do to packing boxes. emoticon

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SHUTRBUG1 3/8/2010 1:48PM

    Sounds like you have made a great start. I too have been sidetracked with surgeries; one last year and one 2 months ago. I'm slowly gaining back some stamina, and feel so much better, physically and emotionally.

Good luck on your journey!

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DMOSCIANO 3/8/2010 1:42PM

    That is how I feel. I too had some surgeries that limited my ability to do things. I am 3 yrs out and I won't let that be my excuse any more. If you need someone to do this with you keep me in mind. Keep up the great determination.

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